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Shall We Open Pandora’s Box? A Look Inside Mantic’s New Sci-fi Horror Game

May 2nd, 2012 by Mad Dave 3 Comments

Dave here again with a special treat, I’ve managed to beat back the scavenging hoards of Veer-Myn and save a copy of Mantic’s new board game “Project Pandora” and I’m going to show you whats inside, but first lets here what the Mantic have to say about the game.


Project Pandora: Grim Cargo is a sci-fi board game pitting the Corporation against the mysterious Veer-myn, who have boarded a Corporation Starship in attempt to steal its precious cargo – a cargo which the Corporation will do everything in it’s power to keep hold of.

Written by the author of the sell-out Dwarf King’s Hold series, the game features an innovative dice-driven combat mechanic and a scenario based narrative, allowing you to recreate the mission.

It includes 10 highly detailed Corporation and 10 Veer-myn miniatures, stunning new artwork depicting the starship and action counters, and the Grim Cargo rulebook, featuring a host of fast paced and easy to learn rules that will lead to some incredibly tense games.


Project Pandora: Grim Cargo Ruleset

10 x Corporation Marines

10 x Veer-myn Night Crawlers

Starship Tilepack

Game Counters and Dice

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the quite small box, about the size of an A4 page, was the quantity of miniatures.Here we have the beautifully sculpted Veer-Myn 10 in all with an assortment of arms, heads and even a few rats tails. If you play Veer-Myn in Warpath you now have 10 extra troops but alas you will need extra 25mm bases if you wish to do that.

The box also includes the good guys of the game the Corporation Troops supplied as before with a selection of arms, heads and guns etc with a bit of variation to your poses which is never a bad thing.

Of course an army is of little use without its commander and here he is. Armed with powerful gauntlet and his trusty pistol he is crouched on one knee ready to strike.


Well i did say this is a board game so wheres the board you ask? The board is probably my favorite item in the box.

Full colour thick card with a rough backing to limit slipping mid-game, with detailed artwork depicting the interior of the ship like a cargo dock, air lock and an engineering deck  and multiple corridors complete with atmospheric lighting (which is part of the game mechanics) no downside that i can see.

The biggest downside to the game contents that I could find was the rule book.

Although with a good layout to the rules and plenty of diagrams and examples I found the book a little small. At roughly A5 size the writing was tiny and a strain to read but of course that’s just my opinion.

Priced at £34.99 I think Pandora’s Box is an all round bargain, if you looking for something to get you started in the miniatures gaming hobby or your looking to take a break from writing all those army lists and just want a great pick up and play game this will definitely be one for you.

Keep an eye out for review of the game mechanics as we play the first mission of Pandora’s Box… coming soon.

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I'm Mad Dave one of the team's growing collection of tabletop gaming nerds. I was raised on a healthy diet of TV like Blake 7, Doctor Who and Star Trek with a side of sword and sorcery / sc-fi movies and a large dollop of board games like Cluedo, RISK and Hero Quest. You know your a gaming nerd if: You bring toy soldiers to work? You bring toy soldiers to work and you work has nothing to do with toy soldiers? Most of you jackets / coats have dice in one of the pockets? You hate throwing away packaging because you know it's actually a ruined building or field generator? You have a collection of old packaging? You can find something relevant to your hobby i.e. books, magazines, figures etc in almost every room in your house? I no I'm a nerd because I've done all of the above, how many of these made you smile and nod yes to?